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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm Paperback – December 1, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's exciting because all of animals are fun and goofy and they do all the usual things that chickens, goats, cats, horses, dogs and sheep do. The cats catch snakes and move kittens around, the horses get dirty and chase each other, the chickens eat ants and take sun baths, the dogs bark at geese and chew up pillows. None of them wear clothes, talk or drive cars, and I kind of find it refreshing. Not that there's anything wrong with fantasy, but I love that reality can be just as entertaining for kids and adults.
And, yeah, I did start crying when I got to the end- the quiet corner of the woods where the animals of the past were buried. It's not maudlin or overtly tugging on your heartstrings- it's just real. That's what makes this book such a great read.
I always found the last few pages to be kind of sad, especially the spot about the lonely secton of the woods where the old dogs are buried. (I still get a little twinge of sadness when I see the illustration!) If you've ever lived on a farm you will relate to the items in the story. While some people may feel some of the items are a little harsh (i.e the "bad dogs" section), DO NOT let that steer you away from picking this book up. It's a wonderful book that has been appreciated by many people for many years and will continue to be appreciated for many years to come.
The book tells about the different animals on the farm. Over several pages, for example, Mrs. Provensen tell about the four cats who live at Maple Hill farm: Gooseberry, who is a good mother; Eggnog, who is beautiful but not interresting; Willow, who is old; and Max, who is big, likes cottage cheese, but is not very clever with his claws. In a series of drawings, we see what the cats do around the farm. The girls love it - they laugh and giggle and listen intently.
The dogs, horses, sheep, and chickens all get similar treatment. We give this book to friends, as it is off the mainstream 'radar' of good books: we are sure they won't have it, and we are sure their kids will love it as our do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice paperback version of the original, but smaller and lower quality than the original printing.Published 3 days ago by AlaskaAmazonCustomer
This is a cute book for any animal lover, or a child interested in farming. It has cute stories about many different animals on the farm.Published 8 days ago by Molly I
I had this book when I was a child 45 years ago. I loved it then and I love it now. Bought one for my daughter 20 years ago, and now her son this year. Read morePublished 1 month ago by luvsamazn
This is my favorite children's book, and is my older son's favorite book also. We've read this hundreds of times, and I would recommend this to anyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kirsten Schulz
A favorite of my family when my daughters were preschoolers and in their early school years. Now my grandchildren are loving the book too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Applegate
Yes, timely and just as described. I am eager to give it to a little person.Published 2 months ago by SC
My daughter is almost three and she loves this book. Nice thing is I love it too. John Hodgman recommended it and I'm glad I took his word for it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Blair Dee Hodges